Reconciliation Victoria organises three statewide reconciliation forums each year. These are open to anyone who has an interest in progressing meaningful reconciliation in Victoria - all welcome!
We try to vary the themes, locations and speakers for each forum, with one residential forum in a regional location each year, plus two one-day forums in a metro Melbourne location. One of these metro Melbourne forums is combined with our Annual General Meeting.
Our first Statewide Reconciliation Forum for 2019 was held on Saturday 6 April at the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place, Ringwood East, and was attended by around 70 people.
The focus of the forum was where Treaty is at in Victoria and the role non-Aboriginal people can play in supporting this important work. The forum included:
• Guest Speaker: Jill Gallagher AO, Victorian Treaty Advancement Commissioner
In a moving presentation Jill explained her role as Commissioner and put a powerful case for Treaty/Treaties as something Aboriginal Victorians have long called for – an historical opportunity to further the process of truth-telling and enable Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Victorians to “recast our relationship”.
She updated the gathering on the election process for positions on the recently-established First Peoples' Assembly of Victoria, to be elected by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Victoria and reminded us that non-Aboriginal people have a critical role to play in building political and community support for Treaty through talking with family and friends, as well as Members of Parliament to show them that “Treaty is not just an aspiration of Aboriginal people, but an aspiration of all of us.”
• Treaty Engagement Project Launch - Phase 2
Reconciliation Victoria’s CEO Diana David then launched our Treaty Engagement Project Phase 2, congratulating Ms Gallagher on her inspirational work and reiterating her message that the time is right for the reconciliation movement and non-Aboriginal supporters of Treaty to show leadership in spreading the word on the benefits of Treaty to the whole community.
For more information on our Treaty Engagement Project visit our webpage
• Reconciliation Victoria/Local Reconciliation Group/Network Updates
The Forum concluded with updates fromReconciliation Victoria on other aspects of our work – including NRW2019, the HART Awards and the exciting next step in our education work – the Narragunnawali Regional Engagement Program – to commence in the second half of 2019. Representatives from the twelve Local Reconciliation Groups also shared their plans for NRW2019 and beyond.
Should you like us to send you the full forum notes contact the office.
17-18 August 2019 - Regional Reconciliation On Country Tour & Forum on Wadawurrung Country (in Geelong area)
October 26, 2019 - Melbourne Event - including AGM
On Saturday 27 October, around 80 RecVic members and friends, gathered on Wurundjeri Country, at Darebin Parklands in Alphington to reflect on the past year of activity in the reconciliation space and to celebrate Culture in Victoria.
The day included a campfire discussion involving local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members sharing their ideas on the proposal to establish an “Aboriginal Knowledge Council”, guided walks on the Spiritual Healing Trail led by Uncle Trevor Gallagher, a moving performance by Wergaia & Wempa Wempa singer-songwriter Alice Skye, our AGM and a Special General Meeting that endorsed the proposed rule changes that include a shift to a skills-based Board.
A full program of the day is available here.
Download the SGM Minutes
Download the AGM Draft Minutes
Find out more about previous statewide reconciliation forums.